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scrivener = love

August 21st, 2008 by erin

I really don’t think my novel would be anywhere near as almost-done as it (sort of) is if it were not for the wonderment that is Scrivener.

I downloaded it earlier this year, faced with the prospect of editing 100,000 words worth of very roughly drafted short vignettes and desperate for better organization than I could get with Pages or Word.

It is the bestest thing ever.

I have a master document for the novel draft. Each vignette has its own document within that. I have a column down the left side to organize them all and I can shuffle their order by just clicking and dragging. On the right side I can jot down random notes, which I do. Often.

I can label things by timeline! I can make little magic notecards with color-coded pushpins!

It is the Bestest. Thing. Ever.

Seriously, I wouldn’t be halfway as far as I am with revising and editing were it not for Scrivener.

I have another project document for short pieces (each in their own section), and another for notes & works in progress. I’ll probably do NaNoWriMo in Scrivener this year, too.

I am not a terribly organized person, and I tend to write in fits and starts and non-linear bits and pieces. Scrivener makes it really easy for me to take all that literary flotsam and tie it together into something resembling a novel.

And for that I am eternally grateful.

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2 Responses to “scrivener = love”

  1. Paul says:

    That sounds really good – and especially that it’s actually created by someone who goes through that writing process himself. I was just looking at the web site, and I like the way he’s gone to the trouble of surveying other packages, too, for people who work in other ways. I’m glad that this one works for you.

  2. erin says:

    It really does, I hadn’t even thought much about writing software until I stumbled upon it and it’s been really brilliant and helpful and I love it so and would hug it if it were something hugable and not software.